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Upcoming public course - November 2022

Meditation course beginning Thursday, November 24

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What is Gnosis?

The word Gnosis is derived from the Greek language and means “knowledge of spiritual truths”. Gnosis is a knowledge that cannot be arrived at through books or lectures, but rather through one’s own direct experience of reality. Gnosis is often referred to as knowledge of the heart, in contrast to knowledge that is obtained through the use of the intellect. Gnosis is not just theoretical, but one hundred percent practical. Through direct experience we surpass the boundaries of belief and disbelief, since both lead to ignorance. Through Gnosis one personally learns to experience reality directly, rather than believing or disbelieving, accepting or rejecting, and comes to know the inner truth.

The aim of Gnosis has always been to provide humanity with the knowledge, keys and techniques required for the full development of human and spiritual potential. The signpost of Gnosis points inwards, the goal of Gnosis is to direct the human being to the divine spark that lies within. From there, the work of inner transformation begins, so as to once again unite with the divine inner spark.

What you will learn

Philosophy

Philosophy

Gnosis applies the Socratic method to provoke critical thinking of one's own consciousness to answer important existential questions including: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? These questions address our existence and lead to self revelation, uncovering a reality that exists beyond what is perceptible. They answer important existential inquietudes that come from within and lead one to uncover new truths.

"In itself, philosophy is evident reflection, mystical cognition of the Being, cognitive knowledge of awakened consciousness. Philosophy is the love of wisdom."

Science

Science

A scientific approach involves verification, investigation and methodology. Scientific knowledge must be true and demonstrable and lead one to conclusive facts. Gnosis uses a scientific approach, working in a methodical manner to study the universe and all that exists within to arrive at knowledge through direct experience. It ultilises scientific meditation, philosophy, psychology and many other vehicles of learning for experimentation and direct experience of the object of study. In ancient times science was never separate from religion. Objective understanding of nature was another aspect of understanding our relationship with the Divine.

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Mysticism

Mysticism is the practice of searching for the divine within in order to produce the awakening of the consciousness. Wisdom is a condition of consciousness rather than an attitude of mind. Wisdom is that state of being in which an individual finds himself when realisation has tinctured and transmuted all attitudes and opinions. A wise person is one who has experienced truth by means of direct experience, a truth that has been verified by scientific means.

"Gnostic mysticism is totally scientific, highly philosophical and profoundly artistic; it pursues wisdom, the divine within us. If we do not discover God in us, we will not find Him anywhere else. This is self-Gnosis, the knowledge of oneself, which ultimately is the knowledge of God.”

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Art

The objective of art is the pursuit of beauty in its different manifestations. Art is the faithful testimony of that great human work which we call culture. Gnosis is present in all the great works of universal literature and in the works of the geniuses of music, painting, sculpture and architecture.
 

We find Gnostic art in archaic settlements, in the pyramids and ancient obelisks of the Egypt of the pharaohs; in ancient Mexico, among the Mayans and the archeological remains of the Aztecs, Zapotecs, Toltecs, etc., amidst the ancient medieval parchments of the Chinese, Phoenicians, Assyrians, etc. In the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Wagner; in the great works of universal literature, which contain the same principles of universal wisdom, presented in diverse forms and sometimes hidden behind the veil of philosophical symbolism.

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Meditation

In Tibetan Buddhism the word for meditation is 'Gom', which means "to become familiar with one's self". This type of meditation refers to the deep and intimate process of uncovering what lies within. However, meditation today has become diluted and void of the spirit, merely used as a mechanism for coping with the demands of modern society and focusing on things other than the cultivation of the spirit.

The Gnostic studies focus on uncovering the spirit and cultivating it to take the practitioner inward and lead to what is known as the awakening of consciousness. Through the awakening of consciousness, the practitioner uncovers the true intention of meditation.